Disney World Ending Complimentary MagicBands for Resort Guests

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It was fun to get these at home before our trips and link them to our Fast Passes. They used to be just gray, but they added more colors throughout the years.

In January 2021, Disney will unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart phone devices. With this new offering, complimentary MagicBands will no longer be offered to Disney Resort guests for new reservations with arrivals beginning January 1, 2021.

If you would like to use a MagicBand on your vacation and you are a Disney Resort hotel guest, you will have the option to purchase them at a discount. Guests preferring not to purchase a discounted MagicBand will be able to use the My Disney Experience app or a Key to the World card during their visit starting in January.

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We prefer the decorated ones and probably have over 30+ MagicBands each!

MagicBands will still be offered for sale at many Disney retail locations and on shopDisney.com, and guests will be able to continue using them throughout Walt Disney World Resort.  MagicBands retail for $24.99 – $29.99 each.

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Official Disney resort opening schedule notice.

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January 1, 2021: No more free MagicBands mailed to your home 2 weeks before your arrival. 😦

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If you use any of the holiday ones, the turnstile turns a special color and plays a special tune!!!

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The Halloween limited edition MagicBands are only for sale during the MNSSHP party nights from 7pm-Midnight.  No MNSSHP parties in 2020.  All canceled.  😦

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International Flower and Garden MagicBand

Different MagicBands play different sounds:  MagicBand sounds

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Reopening July 2020  (MAYBE!)

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I was so lucky to get the LAVA MagicBand last year.
I think it’s my favorite one!!!  🙂

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The new LE “I Lava You” MagicBand for Valentine’s Day!

Inspired by the Pixar short “LAVA” , one side of this adorable MagicBand features Uku, the lonely volcano and “I Lava You” text.

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Uku.  He fills the ocean with his tears of loneliness.

The other side features Lele, Uku’s love interest, with “Happy Valentine’s Day 2019”.

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You can use your MagicBand to enter your Disney resort hotel room, the theme parks, redeem FastPass+ reservations, purchase souvenirs, and much more.

We “lava” this MagicBand!!!  ❤

$34.99

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❤ Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

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Beta Testing a New Disney MagicBand Feature

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (November 2013), we got a chance to Beta test a new feature they were adding to the MagicBand. This is our behind-the-scene story:

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Caroline filling out the card on how many times we rode the rides before turning it back in for credit. 12:30am. (Our comp pass was on our guest card the next morning.)

Disney has been adding more and more features to the MagicBands since their roll-out earlier this year in 2013. They are currently beta testing a feature where if you are wearing the MagicBand on rides that take your photo, like Splash Mountain, the band will link your photo to your account as you pass by a RIF sensor in the wall while on the ride. It makes viewing and buying ride photos much easier.

Caroline and I thought this would be interesting and signed up to participate. And, we each earned a free guest park pass!

After the Magic Kingdom closed, we got to ride both the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain rides three times each. What was really fun was that the lights were on inside both rides. The Haunted Mansion looks nothing like it does in the dark during a normal ride…so boring and ordinary!  (What looks like grass in the dark is plain, pale straw with the lights on!)

Another example, there is a huge plexiglass partition in the dining room scene to keep guests from throwing stuff down into the mansion’s dining room and help with the ghost’s projections. It’s angled so you don’t see it during a normal ride with the lights off in the gallery.  But, with the lights on, it’s right there.

Another place that guests throw things is at the end of the HM ride when a “ghost” hitches a ride in your Doom Buggy. I guess a lot of people throw stuff (mainly Magic Kingdom brochures!) at the ghostly image. There’s about a four-foot space between the Doom Buggies and the projection wall, and the brochures have to be swept out several times a day on busy days.

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Dining room scene at Haunted Mansion as seen from above.  The plexiglass is invisible to guests.

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The Glass Conservatory with man in coffin.  “Let me out!”

We had a great time and didn’t get home until almost 1am!

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Splash Mountain at night, our first test ride of the evening. Yes, they had the water cannons turned on!  We rode it 3x.

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Inside Splash Mountain

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Briar Rabbit

Brier Rabbit

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We were warned!

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Boring gray MagicBand.

 

Disneyland Paris Begins Phased Reopening July 15th

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July 15th

The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle will once again welcome guests to its towering spires and sprawling vistas when the Disneyland Paris resort begins its phased reopening on July 15th.

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At Disneyland Paris in April 2020, a floral arrangement of “Merci” is displayed in front of the Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant castle.

Since its temporary closure in March of this year, guests of all ages have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of the premiere European destination. Come July 15th, Disneyland Paris will begin a phased reopening with visitors able to return to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel, and Disney Village.

paris5Disneyland Paris is continuing to prioritize the health and safety of cast members and guests.

paris1In line with French government and health authorities’ recommendations, the phased reopening of Disneyland Paris will present a deliberate approach with enhanced health and safety measures tailored to the park’s specific environment.

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Limiting ride loading capacity.

This will include limits on guest attendance and require advanced ticketing and reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that aligns with government guidance on physical distancing.

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So pretty….so French!

paris4Over the next few weeks, teams are taking steps to prepare Disneyland Paris for a successful reopening, from visible changes to accommodate physical distancing, to new training for all cast members.

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Welcome to the Castle on the Hill: Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle).

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See ya real soon!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

‘A Taste of 2020 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’ Opens July 15th

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Welcome to the 2020 ‘A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’!

Epcot will be offering a modified version of its Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival starting on July 15th – the very first day of its grand reopening!

“A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” will feature 20 signature global marketplaces spaced throughout the park.

fw1The festival is scheduled to be Epcot’s longest-held festival ever, running from July 15th through November 22nd.

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Popular food booths from Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will be returning including Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean!

FWThere will be elements from the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival – which was cut short in March just 2 weeks after opening when Disney World closed for the pandemic – “sprinkled in” with the International Food and Wine Festival.

Some of the 70 wonderful toparies from the International Flower and Garden Festival will be brought back to the park and 2020 Flower & Garden merchandise will be for sale alongside the 2020 Food and Wine Festival merchandise. This year’s festival will be a hybrid of the two best festivals at Epcot.

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Remy is coming back for the Food and Wine Festival!

Unfortunately, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will not be part of the modified festival, Disney said.

The previously announced “Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men, Billy Ocean, Smash Mouth and Plain White T’s musical lineup will not happen in 2020”, said Disney. “There will be plenty of live music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local Epcot entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more.”

But, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt is returning for 2020.

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There’s a Remy hidden outside at each country.  Remy + Garlic

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Hi Remy! Found you!!! Remy + Zucchini

You follow the map and find Remy in each country.  He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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We think he’s cute!  Remy + Eggplant

When you’re finished, take it back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2020 limited edition pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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The treasure maps for the hunt cost $6.99, and for that you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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That’s what I call chalk art!

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Our mini gift card!

Load up a festival mini gift card!

Even with only 20 food booths, plan on spending $30 – $50 per person trying all the different food and drinks while walking around Epcot’s World Showcase.

Note:  The food and drink portions are very small, more like snack size, with full size prices.

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Lobster Roll and Carrot Cake! See how small the portions are???!!! That Lobster Roll was A+ good.

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Walking around eating a tiny Shrimp Taco. Very good!

 

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It’s always good to start with dessert!

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Best hamburger slider! The portions are very small, so you can try a lot of different foods.

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Eat, drink, eat, drink…….Orange dreamsickle drink with a cherry on top. Can get it with or without alcohol.

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Cronuts.  So tender and flaky…yum! We always get a cronut – or two! – when we spend the afternoon at Epcot.

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International Food & Wine Festival

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Epcot is reopening July 15th

Disney’s theme parks, which have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus, are set to reopen next month. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen on July 11th, followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

To visit a park, guests will have to first register with the Disney Park Pass System, which is not yet available, at www.disneyworld.com. Those that have a park ticket or annual pass will also need a My Disney Experience account to secure reservations. Once registered, visitors will find a calendar with available dates for each Disney World theme park. Tickets between family members and friends can be tied together. Those with multi-day tickets must make reservations for each day of the visit.

New health and safety measures will be in place when the theme parks reopen, including mandatory face masks, reduced capacity and social distancing protocols. Character meet-and-greets, as well as parades and firework shows will be temporarily suspended.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Disney World Resorts Reopening in July 2020

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Reopening September 21, 2020

Disney has confirmed opening dates for the following Disney World Resorts:

July 10:
Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo
Pop Century Resort
Contemporary Resort

July 29:
Caribbean Beach Resort

Aug. 12:
Polynesian Village Resort
Art of Animation

Aug. 24:
Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Sept. 21:
Grand Floridian Resort

Oct. 1:
Boardwalk Resort

Oct. 14:
Coronado Springs Resort

No reopening dates announced yet:
All Star Resorts
French Quarter and Riverside
Animal Kingdom Lodge (non DVC)
Wilderness Lodge

Disney statement: “We currently plan to open the following resort hotels to booked Guests on the following dates.”

Guests with current reservations at impacted Disney Resort hotels can request help with modifying their reservation starting Monday, June 22, 2020.”

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Official notice at a glance.

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The DVC properties at Disney World are reopening on Monday, June 22, 2020.

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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will be reopening June 22nd.

The following Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts will reopen on Monday, June 22nd:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be the only non-Disney Vacation Club location on Disney property to reopen on June 22nd.

Kona CafeThe Disney World restaurants that will be reopening June 22nd are:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa and lounge, Maji, The Mara

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas: Trattoria Al Forno, Pizza Window, BoardWalk Bakery

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The Wave, Contempo Cafe

Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground: P&J’s Takeout, Meadows Snack Bar

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Grand Floridian Cafe, Gasparilla Island Grill

Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Olivia’s, Goods to Go

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Kona Cafe, Captain Cook’s, Pineapple Lanai

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Topolino’s Terrace & bar, Primo Piatto, Le Petit Cafe

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Artist Palette, Paddock Grill

Disney’s Winderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon Cafe, Roaring Fork

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort: Beaches & Cream, Beach Club Marketplace

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Yum!  June 22nd

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Chocolate Lovers Kitchen Sink!

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Attractions that Won’t Open when Disney World Reopens in July

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Disney World is reopening July 2020, but not all the attractions will reopen.

When Disney World reopens July 11th/July 15th – which is now a Big ‘IF’ it reopens with the current COVID-19 spike Florida and specifically Orlando is experiencing – some shows will remain on hiatus.

Disney has already announced that all parades, firework shows, and nighttime spectaculars have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, which we take to mean at least until January 2021.

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No Beauty and the Beast shows for now.

These attractions will not open when Disney World reopens:

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Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Main Street Vehicles

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Stitch’s Great Escape

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Advanced Training Lab

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Bruce’s Shark World

Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Launch Bay

Indiana Jones Stunt Show

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

Frozen Sing-Along

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Boneyard

Primeval Whirl

Finding Nemo – The Musical

UP! A Great Bird Adventure

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Each park is losing its #1 live show…Festival of the Lion King at DAK, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen Sing Along at DHS, the Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Epcot, and Enchanted Tales with Belle at the Magic Kingdom.

These are literally our favorite, “never miss”, shows at each park!!!

But, if you’ve seen these shows, you know the seating is on long benches in amphitheater venues that can seat over 1,000 people, so it’s impossible to maintain 6-foot social distancing.  And, for the cast member performers, singing is considered a high risk COVID-19 activity.

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Jungle Cruise

Yup, the Jungle Cruise will be operating with limited loading capacity.

Wondering what WILL be open for guests?  Here’s the list that Disney released today:

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“it’s a small world”

Astro Orbiter

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Country Bear Jamboree

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Jungle Cruise

Liberty Square Riverboat

Mad Tea Party

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Peter Pan’s Flight

Pirates of the Caribbean

Prince Charming Regal Carousel

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Swiss Family Treehouse

The Barnstormer

The Hall of Presidents

The Haunted Mansion

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Tom Sawyer Island

Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

EPCOT

Awesome Planet

Canada Far and Wide

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Friendship Lagoon Boats

Frozen Ever After

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Impressions de France

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

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Living with the Land

Mission: SPACE

Reflections of China

Soarin’ Around the World

Spaceship Earth

Test Track

The American Adventure

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Turtle Talk with Crush

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Muppet*Vision 3D

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Slinky Dog Dash

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Toy Story Mania!

Vacation Fun (at Mickey Shorts Theater)

Walt Disney Presents

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Avatar Flight of Passage

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Discovery Island Trails

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

Kali River Rapids

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Maharajah Trail

Na’vi River Journey

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

The Oasis Exhibits

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Wilderness Explorers

Wildlife Express

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening July 11th

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castle two girlsWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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We’ll miss seeing the 4th of July celebration and special fireworks show this year.

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These really cute Mickey and Minnie 4th of July dolls are available at our Walmart for only $6.98.

 

Hong Kong Disneyland Reopens!

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June 18, 2020 reopening ceremony

hk2The magic is returning to another Disney park!

Hong Kong Disneyland officially reopened Thursday, July 18, 2020, after being closed for more than three months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Hong Kong Disneyland reopened June 18th!

It’s the second Disney theme park in the world to reopen this spring after Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened May 11th. According to Stephanie Young, Managing Director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, more than 100 local families were invited to be the first guests inside the park, and the company plans to “continue working with different non-profit organizations to invite families to visit us, inspiring them with the magic of Disney’s positivity and optimism.”

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Temperature checks and masks for everyone.

In addition to limiting guest attendance, the park has implemented social distancing requirements throughout, including in wait lines, at restaurants and on attractions.

hk8Sanitation and disinfection have also been increased in high-contact areas, character experiences “requiring close interaction and close-up photos” have been temporarily suspended, and masks and temperature checks are now required before entering the park.

Hong Kong Disneyland shared photos from this morning’s reopening ceremony.

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30% guest capacity

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Mickey and Minnie riding high.

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Ride limited to about 12 guests instead of the usual 36.

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Sidewalk art.

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Reopening disney worldDisney World begins its phased reopening July 11th/July 15th, and Disneyland is reopening on July 17th.

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castle two girlsWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Update on Walkway from Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom

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Aerial view with the full extent of the walkway in progress between Magic Kingdom and Grand Floridian.    Image credit: @bioreconstruct 06/12/2020

June 12, 2020 Walkway Construction Update: They are moving right along with the new walkway connecting Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom.

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You can see the movable bridge under the lines for the monorail. Image credit: @bioreconstruct

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August 2019: This is the crossover point over the canal joining MK side on the bottom to Grand Floridian side on the top.

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This sidewalk was finished last fall.

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The sidewalk is now in, but the nighttime lighting hasn’t been extended yet and still ends at the trees. We’ve walked this far before and its VERY DARK at the canal.

@bioreconstruct posted some photo construction updates this week on the new walkway going in between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

It’s coming right along!

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You can see where the monorail (gray line) crosses over the canal and also where the sidewalk to the west to the Magic Kingdom ends (wiggly gray line) on this Google Maps.

When it reopens, guests wishing to travel on foot between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom will be able to walk between the two locations in about 10 minutes.

In a recent statement, a Disney official said, “This walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will give our Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests another convenient way to reach Magic Kingdom Park.”

It’s a little under a mile (0.7 miles) walking distance between the two locations.

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The new walking bridge under construction…it’s the purple rectangle in the upper part of this photo.

Right now, you can almost walk between the two locations, except for the canal – with no bridge – that ends about 500 yards to the west of the Magic Kingdom.

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The monorail crossing over the canal.

There are already lights along the sidewalk and many a guest leaving the Magic Kingdom late at night has been tempted to skip the packed monorail and long boat wait lines and just try walking back to the resort. (You can easily walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort on the east right now.)

They are always surprised when they reach the canal and the sidewalk just ends!

We think they should have made this walking path 40 years ago!

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King Triton and his team of Sea Horses floating on by.

The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.  That’s why it needs to be a moveable bridge.

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The pageant floating by the Magic Kingdom.

Right now, when the Magic Kingdom reopens July 11, 2020, the Electrical Water Pageant will not be running nightly.  Along with all the other parades at Disney World, it’s operation has been suspended indefinitely.

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening with limited capacity (25%) on July 11th!!!

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Phased reopening of Disney World begins July 11 – 15, 2020.

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How to currently get from Disney’s Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom when it reopens:

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Our #1 favorite place to stay.

The Grand Floridian Resort

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Grand Floridian. There is also an open-air water launch (a small boat) which is fun as long as it’s not cold outside. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a Disney transportation bus.

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Atrium. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Cafe or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s.  Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

There are several nice shops to browse in.

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This is the walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. It’s a very easy 5 minute walk.

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It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon in front of the Contemporary Resort.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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♪♫♪ A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…..♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

Disneyland is Reopening July 17th!

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Everything is reopening in July!!!

Disney Parks announced proposed plans today for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort.

Pending state and local government approvals, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9th,  Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park plan to reopen on July 17th, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23rd.

Disneyland’s park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing.

Disneyland will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.  At this time, there is a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.

dlr1Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, Guest Experience Team cast members will be available throughout both parks and the Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new health policies.

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No firework shows until January 2021.

Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime firework spectaculars – will return at a later date.  Character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, but characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9th in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

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The lobby of the Grand Californian Resort.  Reopening July 23rd!

Pending governmental approval, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23rd.

Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club.

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Princess Aurora looking over the empty Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Guest Experience Team cast members will be available throughout both parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests.

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Disney World vs. Disneyland reopening

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July 17, 2020:  Welcome back!

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dlr disneyland sleeeping beauty castleWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Living the dream.

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January 2020:  We were at Disneyland just 1 week after Jimmy Fallon and his family!

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January 7, 2020

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January 12, 2020

 

Disney World will Require Guests Visiting from the Tri-State area to Quarantine for 14 Days First

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14 day quarantine period!

Disney World is requiring that guests who arrive from the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York to self-isolate or quarantine for at least 14 days prior to checking in at any of their resorts reopening June 22nd. This requirement upholds Florida coronavirus (COVID-19) rules issued by the governor.

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Through July 7, 2020.

With states starting to re-open businesses and ease Stay-at-Home orders, people may be  thinking that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed.  Although there are signs that cases are leveling off in the U.S., New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey still account for about 50% of all U.S. cases, which is nearing 2 million cases since March 1st.

New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and appears to be reaching a plateau, with around 1,000 new cases reported each day.

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Phased reopening of Disney World begins July 11, 2020.

Disney World, which has set its phased re-opening date for July 11th, is making sure to abide by Florida rules, which according to the Florida COVID-19 Response website, the Governor’s Actions Regarding Travel requires “all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.”

Disney World’s official website is also urging traveling guests to verify the latest information regarding travel and isolation from Florida’s official websites:

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/

Guests who are the under isolation or quarantine periods must not enter Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney World’s phased reopening starts July 11th, beginning with the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, followed shortly thereafter by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

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Phased reopening begins July 11th!!!

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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows will be reopening June 22nd.

The following Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts will reopen on June 22nd:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be the only non-Disney Vacation Club location on Disney property to reopen on June 22nd.

Kona CafeThe restaurants that will be reopening June 22nd are:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa and lounge, Maji, The Mara

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas: Trattoria Al Forno, Pizza Window, BoardWalk Bakery

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The Wave, Contempo Cafe

Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground: P&J’s Takeout, Meadows Snack Bar

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Grand Floridian Cafe, Gasparilla Island Grill

Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Olivia’s, Goods to Go

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Kona Cafe, Captain Cook’s, Pineapple Lanai

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Topolino’s Terrace & bar, Primo Piatto, Le Petit Cafe

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Artist Palette, Paddock Grill

Disney’s Winderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon Cafe, Roaring Fork

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort: Beaches & Cream, Beach Club Marketplace

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

Disney World Recalling Thousands of Cast Members Back to Work

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Disney World resorts and restaurants have started notifying cast members about returning to their jobs.

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Phased reopening of Disney World begins July 11, 2020.

With some Disney World resorts reopening June 22nd, and the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopening on July 11th, there’s a lot to do around the parks and there are lots of new health and safety and cleaning procedures that cast members need to learn.

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As reported by The Orlando Sentinel, Local 362’s leader Eric Clinton says furloughed cast members are being called back to work starting mid-month.

According to Clinton, “Beginning in June, all Disney full-time attractions and custodian workers, as well as a significant number of part-timers, will get called back to work.”

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New cast member role:  Guest Experience Ambassador

There is a new need for cast members who will maintain social distancing in wait lines while guests wait for their temperatures to be taken prior to entering the parks.  Also new is the need to clean ride vehicles between guest loading and also the areas around ride queues.  This cleaning will be done by attraction cast members, not custodial.

“There’s going to be a massive need for attractions workers across property. There’s going to be a lot of work that needs to be done.” Clinton said.

Disney World’s cultural ambassadors program at Epcot and the Disney College Programs were canceled this spring and reportedly aren’t likely to resume anytime soon according to Clinton. With travel restrictions in place around the world, it may be hard for these cast members to return to Orlando this year.

He also mentioned that the cultural ambassadors will be replaced by local cast members at theme park reopening.

As many as 8,000 cast members could be called back ahead of reopening to help clean the theme parks and get them ready to receive guests again. All the merchandise needs to be updated and all the attraction rides need to be tested and re-certified.

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Daily temperature checks for cast members and guests.

Returning cast members will need to undergo daily temperature checks before they’re allowed to work. Cast members who have a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be sent home but will be paid while in quarantine.

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Some refurbishments scheduled for 2020 have been postponed.  Spaceship Earth’s refurbishment scheduled for May 2020 has been postponed indefinitely and the attraction will be open for guests when Epcot reopens on July 15th.

Disney has postponed all parades and firework shows for the foreseeable future. Clinton also stated that Hollywood Studios’ Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage might not resume initially.

We’ve also heard that as part of the new social distancing protocols, cast members will no longer take photos of guests using guests’ phones and will no longer pin trade with guests.

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The BoardWalk Villas will be reopening June 22nd.

The following Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts will reopen on June 22nd.  Cast members who work at the following locations are being recalled:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club DVC Resort

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be the only non-Disney Vacation Club location on Disney property to reopen on June 22nd.

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Disney’s BoardWalk Bakery is reopening.

Restaurants: Local 737 Unite Here union has shared a list of food and beverage locations for which cast members have been recalled to work.

The restaurants that will be reopening June 22nd are:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Sanaa and lounge, Maji, The Mara

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas: Trattoria Al Forno, Pizza Window, BoardWalk Bakery

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The Wave, Contempo Cafe

Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground: P&J’s Takeout, Meadows Snack Bar

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Grand Floridian Cafe, Gasparilla Island Grill

Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Olivia’s, Goods to Go

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Kona Cafe, Captain Cook’s, Pineapple Lanai

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Topolino’s Terrace & bar, Primo Piatto, Le Petit Cafe

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: Artist Palette, Paddock Grill

Disney’s Winderness Lodge: Whispering Canyon Cafe, Roaring Fork

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort: Beaches & Cream, Beach Club Marketplace
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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters